Sunday, May 1, 2011



Below are writing links that I’ve posted to Twitter in the last week.

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Don’t Call Me Ishmael—Name that Character:

How to Edit with Efficiency:

Need tips for plotting?

Putting Your Schedule on a Diet:

How to Become a More Self-Disciplined Writer:

6 Ways to Add Vibrant Partnerships to your Author Platform:

The 5 Stages of Writing a Book:

How to speak publisher - B is for Book:

The Truth About Blogging:

The Rejection Numbers of 14 Famous Writers: @LauraMarcella

A writer reflects on her ebook experiment & why it wasn't as successful as she'd hoped: @camillelaguire

Bruce Coville’s Eight Tips for Fantasy Writers:

The “Villain” Spectrum: Creating a Layered Antagonist:

Published more than one book? Expectations your readers may have:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: An easy breezy brunch for any weather! @CleoCoyle

Getting to Know You:

The Ever-Popular I Suck Playlist:

Facebook groups for screenwriters: @galleycat

3 Tips to a Successful Audio Interview:

Creativity Tweets of the Week — 4/29/11:

3 Tips for Capturing the Teen Voice:

How to make your story unputdownable:

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Visual Tools for Writers:

Best Articles This Week for Writers 4/29/11: @4kidlit

Keep your query short:

Every scene needs at least 3 reasons for being there:

Character Development 101 for crime fiction writers:

Write Fast:

Too distracted to write? The internet isn't to blame--you are (PW):

7 Formats for Winning Blog Posts:

Real Life Diagnostic: Am I Showing or Telling?

Using Your To-Do List as a 2nd Brain:

Avoid 10 Common Screenwriting Mistakes: @galleycat

One Never Knows, Does One?

Poems for a wedding (Guardian):

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Step Away from the Microwave! @CleoCoyle

Do You Have a Muse?

Writing When You Don’t Have Time:

Beware the Adjective Trap:

6 Common Slip-Ups that Make Your Blog Look Bad:

5 Ways to Tell if It's The ONE:

5 Articles on the Differences Between Middle Grade and Young Adult:

Everyone Wants to "Help" Writers. But Whose Help Do You Really Need?

Query: Things you can leave out of your first paragraph:

The EASY Way to Do Facebook In 15 Minutes a Day:

Strengthening Dialogue:

How to Write Thousands of Words Every Single Week:

Pros and cons and dos and don'ts for the BEA:

Cousin Its:

A writing thesaurus (new entries for weather):

The Interminable Agency Clause:

How do you know if you should write a sequel?

How Deadlines Can Help Your Writing:

Magical Words, Windows, and Doors:

Do You Need Two Spaces After a Period?

Truth in Blurbing: @mkinberg

Pacing tips:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: SAY CHEESE, one week @CleoCoyle

Build a platform by being a blogger booster:

20 Classic Novels You Can Read in One Sitting:

A writer I am:

Time Period Settings:

Keyboard Shortcuts and Other Amazing Productivity Tips: @jhansenwrites

Editorial chat on revision:

A New Way to Find Critique Partners:

Unless it moves the heart: @lauradroege

8 Things To Keep In Mind When Naming Characters:

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How to Book a Reading:

5 Common Writing Problems and How to Fix Them: @thecreativepenn

6 keys to making your reader believe in everything you say: @nicolamorgan

How to Regain Control of Your Schedule:

3 Rude Thoughts For Aspiring Writers Of Speculative Fiction:

5 Book Interior Page Layout Mistakes to Avoid:

Art for art's sake? @agent139

The ellipsis:

Flirtation, mean jokes, and some observations on humor:

One, Two Three, Notice Me: The Rule of Three:

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Marketing 101: Loving & Taking Care of Our Readers:

Spring cleaning from page 1:

Fiction vs. Nonfiction E-Book Pricing in the Kindle Store:

Move through the creative gap:

Choosing Our Path–Genre Matters:

I'm Not an Expert, But I Play One On the Internet:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Got Leftover Ham? Ham Casserole! @CleoCoyle

How Twitter Can Make You A Better Copywriter:

“To Be,” or Not “To Be” Verbs?

Coping with False Starts:

Suspense. Where does it start?

Cut words? Or add words?

The Department of Redundancy Department: via @DWDavisRSL

Softening a main character:

On Agency Agreements:

Avoid The Obvious In a Query:

Back to Basics: Submitting Our Work:

The query quandary:

Is your book's setting ho-hum?

Put Your Flabby Writing On A Diet:

The 3 Basic Aspects of Showing-Not-Telling: @victoriamixon

Why You Got Rejected:

Writing from Your Character’s Point of View: 5 Guidelines:

Publishing myths that both writers and publishers cling to: @agent139

Use Archetypes to Create Literary Characters:

Design Characters using Mind Maps:

"10 Reasons I Can't Write Right Now:" @elspethwrites

Author Blogs – Use Categories to Organize Your Posts:

On apostrophes:

Strategies for Adapting Your Novel to a Screenplay:

Writers do more than write:

On women, writing, and time:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Easter Egg Salad and More Tasty Ideas for Your Holiday Leftovers from Cleo Coyle @CleoCoyle

Don’t let this happen to you! 1)Procrastination, 2) writing binge, 3) axe murder:

5 Ways to Publish a Book for iPad, iPhone, and iPod:

Why writers must embrace social media, no matter their genre (Guardian-Edinburgh)

Marketing for Writers: 8 Weeks to Social Marketing Domination:

The craft essay on why you shouldn't trust craft essays:

Head-hopping headaches:

Best Tweets for Writers (week ending 4/22/11):

What Bloggers Need to Know About Trademark Law:

Writer’s Block—Real or Imaginary?

Why Joanna @thecreativepenn supports the 99 cent price point for e-books:

How to make your most ordinary scene interesting:

Researching for Your Novel:

Search my tweets--

"I’m a Poet. Yes, That’s a Real Job." (Wall St. Journal):

5 Crippling Beliefs That Keep Writers Penniless and Mired in Mediocrity:

Key Story Elements - Inciting Incident:

Reasons for writers to carry business cards (especially at conferences):

What Is a 50-Page Edit… and Why Will It Rock Your Story?

How to be a good editor:

Spring cleaning (and organization) for your social networks:

The Tricky Territory of Publishing Blogs:

Resources for writers--Literary Marketplace: @spunkonastick

How hard is it to sell a short spec script?

Time management tips: @authorterryo

3 Reasons Why Failure is the Key to Success:

6 Signs You're Not Ready To Make A Living As A Professional Writer:

10 Parody Novels That Get the Last Laugh:

Myst. Lov. Kitchen: Gambas al Ajillo with Pasta @CleoCoyle

9 Reasons Successful Freelancers Abroad Get a Real Job First:

Building believable relationships in romantic fiction: @gone_writing

How Your RSS Feed Can Save Your Blog:

3 Ways to Market Your Book to iPhone Users:

Revising a Series:

Can Twitter Really Help You Sell Books?

How to format your comic book script:

Time Management for Writers–Getting More Done in Less Time:

The varying degrees of theme:

51 Reasons Why You Are A Creative:

10 Ways Authors Sabotage Themselves:

Top 20 Facebook Apps for Book Lovers:

Top 10 Ways to Get Your Creative Juices Flowing:

Writers--in your contract, you promise you're not lying or plagiarizing: #amrwiting @literaticat

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Seeking Representation through Roundabout Routes:

The Comfort of Bad Reviews (That Aren’t Yours):

Research -- Looking at Other Art Forms:

A well-rounded manuscript--characters and plot:

Why writing is like baseball:

5 fundamental practices that keep you from writer's block while you're writing a book:

5 Essentials For a Story Starter:

Living in deep head space:

6 Tips to Writing a Killer Author Bio:

3 Ways to Add Meaningful Structure to Your Writing Life:

How brevity can crush your copy:

Best Articles This Week for Writers 4/22/11: @4kidlit

Why Ask Why? Because Your Readers Will:

Creativity Tweets of the Week — 4/22/11: @on_creativity

5 things 1 writer has learned from recent writing conferences: